How shoppers’ changing habits could unlock the magic formula for small businesses

By the end of next year, cash will no longer be Britain’s most frequently used payment method. Online sales topped £130 billion last year and contactless transactions rose 121.9 per cent over the year from April 2016-17. Meanwhile, shopping habits are key, with growth in mobile shopping on tablets and smartphones outstripping overall spending online

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Six workplace wellbeing trends businesses should look out for in 2018

It’s that time of year when everyone is beginning to make their New Year’s resolutions, most of the time these resolutions tend to about their health and wellbeing. Promoting good health and wellness should also be an employer’s goal for 2018 so with this in mind, here is a summary of the six best workplace

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Five top tips for launching a global business

The idea of launching a global business in international markets can be a daunting one. There’s so much to consider and countless choices to make throughout the process that can make or break an international launch. For us, global engagement is at the core of the brand, so launching in international markets has been a

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Press release: Do your Self Assessment online, don’t miss the deadline

Twenty years since HMRC took its first step into the digital age with the birth of electronic Self Assessment (SA), the department is reminding customers to complete their online tax return ahead of the 31 January deadline.

In 1997, the Inland Revenue introduced an electronic option for tax returns. Agents were sent floppy disks to help complete their SA which was then returned to the department. This year, two decades on, more than 10 million customers are expected to complete their tax return online.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC Director General of Customer Services, said:

Twenty years ago, filing Self Assessment returns on a mobile phone would have been unimaginable. Today, completing your Self Assessment via your Personal Tax Account can be done anywhere or at any time; on the bus, in a coffee shop or while watching TV, using your phone, a tablet or a computer. With our videos and webinars with hints, tips and live support it’s now easier than ever before.

The deadline for returning your Self Assessment, and paying any tax owed, is 31 January 2018 – do it now and enjoy the festive period.

HMRC now has online webchats, live webinars, YouTube videos and social media support for customers which can be accessed at any time, and on any device, to help them fill in and file their returns.

Notes for Editors

  • The deadline for Self Assessment returns is 31 January.
  • If you are filing your 2016/17 Self Assessment return online for the first time, you will need to create a Government Gateway account if you haven’t already got one. It’s easy to do here
  • Help is available from the GOV.UK website or from the Self Assessment helpline on 0300 200 3310.
  • Always type in full online address to obtain the correct link to file your SA return online securely and free of charge.
  • An audio clip for broadcast is available upon request.
  • Follow HMRC on Twitter @HMRCgovuk
  • HMRC’s Flickr channel can be found here

Any press enquiries, please contact:

Patrick O’Brien
Tel: 03000 585 024
Email: patrick.o’brien@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

Out of hours
Tel: 07860 359544

Source: HMRC

A nation with ambition: 85 per cent want to start a business

Research released today by Huawei reveals the UK is a nation of creative, ambitious people, who are set on following their dreams, with 85 per cent stating they have one or more goals they want to fulfil. Furthermore, 2018 looks set to be the year Britons take the plunge with their ambition, with 77 per

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